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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Zimbabwe names squad for NamibiaZimbabwe names squad for Namibia The Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has released the names of the 22 players who will participate in the Hage Geingob Cup against Namibia on 11 November.

    According to the ZIFA twitter account, interim coach Wilson Mutekede named 10 foreign-based and 12 locally based players.

    The foreign-based players include previously uncapped Tendai Darikwa from Nottingham Forest, Admiral Muskwe from Leicester City and Macauley Bonne from Leyton Orient in England.

    Tinotenda Kadewere from Djurgardens in Denmark, Marvelous Nakamba from Club Brugge, and Knowledge Musona from KV Oostende in Belgium are some of the overseas-based players.

    Also making the list are Kundai Benyu Celtic in Scotland and Tendai Ndoro from AL Faisaly FC in Saudi Arabia.

    Goalkeeper George Chigova from Polokwane City, Kudakwashe Mahachi from Golden Arrows and Evans Rusike from Maritzburg United in South Africa complete the foreign-based list.The Warriors will play Lesotho and Namibia on 8 and 11 November respectively in international friendly matches.

    The friendly matches are slated for Maseru and Windhoek respectively and the team will go into camp on 6 November.


    Edmore Sibanda (Caps United)

    George Chigova (Polokwane City)


    Dennis Dauda (Yadah Stars)

    Tendai Darikwa (Nottingham Forest)

    Qadr Amini (Ngezi Platinum)

    Jameson Mukombwe (Black Rhinos)

    Kelvin Moyo (FC Platinum)

    Peter Muduwa (Highlanders)


    Kundai Benyu (Celtic)

    Kudakwashe Mahachi (Golden Arrows)

    Marvelous Nakamba (Club Brugge)

    Ali Sadiki (FC Platinum)

    Liberty Chakoroma (Ngezi Platinum)

    Devon Chafa (Caps United)

    Leeroy Mavunga (Yadah Stars)

    Ishmael Wadi (Bulawayo City)


    Evans Rusike (Maritzburg United)

    Knowledge Musona (KV Oostende)

    Admiral Muskwe (Leicester)

    Macauley Bonne (Leyton Orient)

    Tinotenda Kadewere (Djurgardens)

    Tendai Ndoro (AL Faisaly FC)

    Technical Team

    Wilson Mutekede (Head Coach)

    Llyod Chitembwe (Assistant Coach)

    Tembo Chuma (Goalkeepers Coach)

    Hillary Tshuma (Team Doctor)

    Admire Nyamadzawo (Physiotherapist)

    Wellington Mpandare (Team Manager)


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    Long-course gala at Katutura poolLong-course gala at Katutura poolSwimmers ready for battle It will be an exciting weekend for swimming enthusiasts as the Katutura pool is the venue for the second long-course gala of the season. The second Bank Windhoek Long-Course Gala will take place at the Katutura Swimming Pool tomorrow and Saturday.

    “As in the past, the long-course season is made possible by the generous financial assistance of Bank Windhoek.

    “NASU has long-standing relationship with Bank Windhoek, which it cherishes, especially in time of economic hardship,” said Jurie Badenhorst on behalf of NASU.

    “This gala is a long-course meet, meaning it will be held over a 50-metre distance [as opposed to a 25-metre pool].

    “The gala will be held at the Katutura pool, for the reason that the Olympia municipal pool will, according to our information, only be filled over the weekend,” he said.

    The Aqua Swimming and Fitness Club, Dolphins Swimming Club, Namib Swim Academy and Marlins and Swakopmund Swimming Club will all be represented at the competition.

    Over 300 swimmers have entered for this weekend's Bank Windhoek Long-Course Gala.

    There will be 22 events, including some long-distance events such as the 400-metre and 800-metre freestyle.


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    Dismembered bodies baffle Jap policeDismembered bodies baffle Jap police Japanese police found nine dismembered bodies hidden in coolers in an apartment southwest of Tokyo, an apparent serial killing case that is transfixing and horrifying the nation.

    Police are working to identify the victims after the man who lived there, 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi, confessed to cutting them up and hiding them in cold-storage cases, some covered with cat litter, a police spokesperson said.

    The bodies, in varying stages of decomposition, were found on Monday while police were investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman, the spokesperson said. He did not give his name, in line with police policy. The woman's brother reported her missing last week.

    The gruesome case captured attention in a country known for public safety, topping news with reports that showed the building where the suspect lived in a small studio apartment. It was cordoned off by yellow police tape, its balcony draped with blue plastic sheets to block the view as investigators went in and out.

    The missing woman is thought to be one of the eight women and one man who were dismembered and hidden in the apartment from late August to late October.

    A toolbox and saw found in Shiraishi's apartment may have been used to dismember the bodies, the police official said.

    Police were still investigating the suspect's motives, said the spokesperson. He refused to give further details.

    It was unclear who the other eight victims might be, or why it is that neighbours who said they had noticed foul smells coming from the apartment had not raised any alarms.

    Suicide pact

    Local media reported that police first found the severed heads of two victims in coolers in the apartment's entryway, then found the bodies of the other seven while searching the apartment.

    Shiraishi told police that he dismembered the bodies in his bathroom, which according to online descriptions of the apartment building where he lived was a plastic-sealed “unit bath.” He put out some of the body parts as garbage, Kyodo News agency reported.

    Reports said the missing woman got in contact with Shiraishi via Twitter, seeking a partner for a suicide pact and saying she was afraid to die alone.

    The two were recorded by security cameras walking together outside of train stations near her apartment and the suspect's apartment, the reports said.

    Local media ran junior high school photos of the suspect, beaming, his hair fluffy, braces on his teeth suggesting a relatively well-off family background.

    High-profile killings

    Japan's national broadcaster NHK said he was working as a “scout” in the sex industry, recruiting women in entertainment districts in Tokyo.

    Although Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, it has seen some high-profile killings recently.

    In July 2016, a 27-year-old former employee at a care home for the disabled killed 19 and injured more than 20 in a knife attack in what is believed to be the deadliest mass killing in postwar Japan. The man's murder trial has not started yet.

    Earlier in October, a man was arrested for killing his wife and five children after setting fire to their house. In 2015, a man killed five people, including relatives and neighbours, in a knifing spree in western Japan, and was later sentenced to death.


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  • 11/01/17--15:00: Russia fires on ISIS
  • Russia fires on ISISRussia fires on ISISUS makes threats to defeat ISIS While the Russian military is making serious gains in Syria, American President Donald Trump fears a resurgence of attacks in the US. Russia said on Tuesday its submarine deployed in the Mediterranean fired three ballistic missiles to destroy a command post of the Islamic State group in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province.

    “A missile strike with three Kalibr missiles destroyed a command post with large numbers of militants and armed vehicles and also a large weapons and ammunition depot,” the Russian defence ministry said in a statement.

    It said the strikes targeted the area around the town of Abu Kamal, one of the few remaining urban strongholds of IS in Syria.

    The ministry added it could confirm “the destruction of all the given targets”.

    It posted a video on Twitter of a missile blasting out of the sea.

    There have been heavy clashes between the Syrian army and the Islamic state group in the city of Deir Ezzor, capital of the Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria.

    Russia said Tuesday that its Veliky Novgorod submarine has carried out four cruise missile strikes on terrorist groups since it was deployed to the Mediterranean in late August.

    At Russia's Syrian naval base of Tartus in the eastern Mediterranean, Russian ships have played a prominent role backing up an aerial bombing campaign in support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

    The submarines are covered from Syria by Moscow's S-300 and S-400 missiles systems and its Bastion coastal defence system.

    More than 330 000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

    In the meanwhile, US president Donald Trump has said America must not let Islamic State jihadists return to or enter the US after they are beaten overseas. He spoke on Tuesday, hours after a deadly New York attack.

    “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!” Trump tweeted.

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the attack an “act of terror” but authorities have not definitively linked the suspect who was detained afterward to IS.

    Eight people were killed and numerous others wounded when the suspect rammed a pickup truck into pedestrians in Lower Manhattan and collided with a school bus, officials said.

    Trump earlier decried the attack as an act of madness.

    “In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person,” Trump tweeted.

    “Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE USA!”

    IS has been dealt a string of defeats across Iraq and Syria in recent months, with authorities worried that fleeing foreign fighters might return home.


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    Aaleli ya tindi omithigululwakalo dhoka tadhi ehamekeAaleli ya tindi omithigululwakalo dhoka tadhi ehamekeOmithigululwakalo inadhi kala omaipopilo geyonagulo lyuuthemba waantu Aahwahwameko yiikumungu yoshigwana moshitopolwa shaZambezi oya popi kutya omithigululwakalo nadhi talululwe opo ku vule okufudhwa po omiyonena dhopaukashike kookantu nokatongo. JANA-MARI SMITH

    Aahwahwameki yoshigwana moshitopolwa shaZambezi otaya kondjo opo ku kuthwepo omidhigululwakapo ndhoka tadhi yi pondje uuthemba waakwashigwana nonando epangelo olya mwena kombinga yoshikumungu shoka.

    “Otu hole omithigululwakalo dhetu ihe oshitsa ooshika kutya otwa hala okulundulula omithigululwakalo dhetu nokugamena uuthemba waakiintu nuundjolowele,” Gilbert Liswaniso, kansela gwomoBukalo a popi mEtiyali, pethimbo lyomutumba gwiikundaneki ngoka gwa ningwa kombinga yelundululo lyomithigululwakalo opo ku gamenwe aanona yaakadhona naakiintu okuza komiyonena oshowo kombuto yoHIV/Aids.

    Omutumba ngoka ogwa ningilwa mOvenduka.

    Okwa wayinine aahwahwameki ya za moshigwana shomoshitopolwa shaZambezi okupitila moWomen’s Leadership Centre (WLC), mboka ya popi kombinga yiikundathanwa yimwe mbyoka ihayi popiwa moshigwana, nonando oya talikako kutya omithigululwakalo.

    “Oshi li etukano okupopya kombinga yomidhigululwakalo ndhoka tadhi ehameke,” omulongiskola na okuli omukwatakanithi gwoWLC moshitopolwa shaZambezi,

    Berrithar Sitali, yelitha.

    Okwa popi kutya iinima yilwe ngaashi eehameko lyiilyo yopaumwene, eteto komalutu, okuya miihulo tayi kondjithilwa omuntu nomadhengo oshowo ekoho lyuuselekadhi, oyimwe yomiinima hayi ningwa olundji.

    “Otu hole omithigululwakalo dhetu ihe otwa hala okukutha mo iinima mbyoka hayi ningwa na ohayi ehameke. Itatu ti otwa hala okukutha po omidhigululwakalo ihe otwa hala okudhi lundulula,” Sitali a popi,

    Okwa popi kutya oshi li mondjila okulonga aanona yaakadhona nkene ye na okwiihumbata nawa nokusila oshisho oofamili, ihe kashi li mondjila okukala taya dhengwa.

    Okwa popi kutya omakondjithilo momilalo otaga etitha omategelelo inaga halika, oshowo etaandelo lyomikithi dhohoni ngaashi oHIV mokati kaakiintu naanona yaakadhona.

    Okwa popi kutya okundungika oshigwana nokushuuvitha ko opo ku hulithwepo iinima yimwe mbyoka oshi li oshinakugwanithwa oshidhigu.

    Okwa popi kutya oya yi moonkundathana naaleli yaakwashigwana nokuya lombwelwa kutya iinima yimwe mbyoka hayi ningwa medhina lyomidhigululwakalo oyo tayi etitha onkalo yondjele yi li pombanda yetaandelo lyombuto yoHIV. Okwa popi kutya okulonga aantu kombinga yEkotampango lyOshilongo oshowo uuthemba wawo, osha etitha woo omadhilongo gokulundulula omithigululwakalo ndhoka.

    Aahwahwameki mboka oya kunkilile kutya kashi shi owala oshitopolwa shaZambezi moka hamu ningwa iinima mbyoka ihe oya pula oshilongo ashihe opo onkalo ndjoka yi hulithwepo.

    Liz Frank gwoWomen’s Leadership Centre (WLC), okwa yelitha kutya oshinakugwanithwa shoka osha kwatelamo aalumentu naakiintu mboka ye li pomahala goompito dhiilonga dha simanekwa opo ya vule okugamenena po uuthemba waanona yaakadhona oshowo aakiintu.

    Okwa popi kutya oshinakugwanithwa shoka otashi hupitha oomwenyo.

    Mo-2016 omayalulo oga ulike kutya ondjele yetaandelo lyombuto yoHIV moZambezi oya li poopresenda 44.2 mokati kaakiintu yoomvula 25 sigo 49.

    Mokati kaakiintu yoomvula 15 sigo 24 oya li po 24%.

    Aahwahwameki oya popi kutya aakuthimbinga momahwahwameko moka oyendji oya pumbwa okuya wayimina opo ku hwahwamekwe ooprograma ndhoka.

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    Oombwa tadhi dhipagwa nokuningwa okapanaOombwa tadhi dhipagwa nokuningwa okapana ELLANIE SMIT

    Omulumentu gwontumba okwa kwatwa komalelo mEtitano lya piti momawendo moKatutura moka ha dhipagele oombwa ndhoka ha teleke okapana nokulanditha.

    Omulumentu ngoka edhina lye li shiwike koNamibian Sun, okwa kwatwa kosekuriti pomawendo, ndjoka oya tseyithile opolisi yoshilando shaVenduka oshowo oWindhoek SPCA.

    Pahapu dhomunambelewa gwoSPCA, omukonaakoni Joseph Naimhwaka, ngoka a li pehala mpoka, omulumentu ngoka okwa dhipagela oombwa pomawendo ngoka iikando yontumba na okwa kala ha yi ontuku nonyama ndjoka omanga oosekuriti inadhi mu kwata.

    Muule woomwedhi dha piti, oombwa dha thika puntano odha dhipagwa.

    Palopota yoSPCA mEtitano omulumentu ngoka okwa dhipaga oombwa mbali, dhoka ha pondo nokudhenga, na ohaka landitha onyama.

    Omufekelwa ngoka oha kutha po owala onyama ta thigipo omakaha omitse niinima yomeni.

    Omufekelwa okwa popi kutya oha landitha onyama yombwa omolwa aakulukadhi mboka haya landitha okapana momatala gopopepi, haye mu pula e ya falele onyama. Naimhwaka okwa popi kutya omulumentu ngoka okwa falwa mosasiyona yopolisi yaKatutura moka a lombwele opolisi kutya oteya ya fala kaakulukadhi mboka haya landitha onyama ndjoka.

    Opolisi ya falwa komatala gokulandithila mOkuryangava na okwa ulike aakiintu yaali mboka aniwa haye mu pula onyama yombwa.

    Okwa popi woo kutya oha futwa oshimaliwa shooN$200 monyama yombwa.

    Pahapu dhaNaimhwaka, lwanima oya mono kutya aakiintu mboka ihaya landitha onyama yombwa, na oya tseyithilwa kutya onyama yombwa otayi kala oshidhigu okulandithla pomatala ngoka molwaashoka kayi ookastoma.

    “Okwa fundju woo kutya ohazi peni sho e tu lombwele kutya oha zi mOkahandja Park.”

    Omunambelewa ngoka okwa popi kutya omulumentu ngoka ohazi moDolam, popepi nomawendo mpoka ha dhipagele oombwa ndhoka.

    Omalelo otaga konaakona oshinima shoka opo gamone kutya oombwa ndhoka ohadhi zi peni.

    Ngele omuntu okwa monika ondjo moshipotha sheningilo lyiinamwenyo omuyonena oha pewa egeelo lyokufuta oshimaliwa shooN$4 000 nenge omvula yimwe mondjeedhililo.

    Ehuliloshiwike lya piti, aakwashigwana yamwe mOkahandja oya kwatwa taya dhipaga oombwa metoto lyiiyagaya mondoolopa ndjoka. Oya tulwa miipandeko ihe inaku tseyika ngele oya tulilwa mo iipotha.

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    Bloodhound SSC makes first ever public runBloodhound SSC makes first ever public runReaching 322 km/h Team well on their way to reaching 1 609 km/h goal. “ We've got to get the car as light as we can and yet maintain its strength and Castrol will certainly contribute with their terrific history of record-breaking.” Richard Noble, Project Director The Bloodhound Supersonic Car (BLOODHOUND SSC), which aims to break the current world land speed record and reach 1 600km/h, reached a significant milestone yesterday as it successfully completed its first test runs at Cornwall Airport Newquay in the UK. BLOODHOUND SSC, driven by current record holder Wing Commander Andy Green, reached speeds of up to 338 km/h on the 2.7 km long runway. BLOODHOUND SSC accelerated at a rate of 1.5 G, reaching 322 km/h from a standing start in just 8 seconds.

    Yesterday marked the culmination of a month of tests and was the first opportunity to prove the car's steering, brakes, suspension, data systems and the EJ200 jet engine before the team head to the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa with the target of reaching 1 287 km/h. The team will then go back to the UK to review the data before returning to South Africa with the aim of reaching 1 609 km/h.

    Castrol, the chosen oil of the Bloodhound project and a partner since 2014, has a notable heritage in Land Speed Racing, the original, purest and fastest form of automotive competition.

    The world land speed record has been broken 21 times with Castrol as a partner, from Kenelm Lee Guinness's first record attempt in 1922 215 km/h to the current record 1 228 km/h, set by Wing Commander Andy Green in Thrust SSC on 15th October 1997.

    BLOODHOUND SSC is powered by an incredible 100 669 kW, which is more than six times the total power output of the entire field of starters in Formula One! To achieve this immense power output and the target speed, the project team led by Richard Noble is placing its trust in a jet engine, rocket propulsion and, not least, a variety of high-performance lubricants from Castrol including their strongest engine oil Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR.

    Pioneering technology

    Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR, the premium product in the Castrol EDGE engine oil portfolio, is tested and proven like no other Castrol engine oil, for maximum strength, minimum friction and greatest engine endurance – helping provide the maximum engine performance demanded by the Bloodhound team in moments of intense pressure.

    Richard Noble, Project Director, said: “It was great to finally see the car in action today.

    “BLOODHOUND SSC is a unique, high-technology project and it is fantastic that we can rely on Castrol's pioneering technology for all the car's lubricants.

    “When it comes to the record attempts, we've got to get the highest power to weight ratio as we possibly can. We've got to get the car as light as we can and yet maintain its strength and Castrol will certainly contribute with their terrific history of record-breaking.”

    A.S. Ramchander, VP Marketing, Castrol said, “We are delighted to see BLOODHOUND SSC complete its first public runs. This partnership gives us the chance to showcase how our high-performance products such as Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR push the boundaries of performance and we have our sights firmly set on partnering on a 22nd World Land Speed Record.”


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    'Soulful, infectious and spirited''Soulful, infectious and spirited'Mazda MX-5 RF Driven Brilliant, well-balanced, and a whole manner of positive adjectives. “It's a car that you want to be in and wont feel laboured to drive whether its a quick run to the local shopping centre or weaving through traffic.” Rouel van Nelson Rouel van Nelson - You know you're in a good car when you can sum it up perfectly after just a day of driving. However, you know you're in a great car when you can tell a whole story about it after shifting from 1st to 3rd gear. Yes, the new Mazda MX-5 RF is that good a sports car.

    What's so special about this model? Well to start with, Mazda gave it a 'Soul Red' paint job and as far as first impressions are concerned, the automaker can tick the good looks department for sports cars.

    It has soul

    The MX-5 turned heads everywhere I drove. The colour, along with its sleek and elegant lines makes it unique on our roads. It's new design gives it a high-perceived quality. It has elements of the TVR Tuscan about it, particularly when looking at the wheel arches and front-end.

    Nonetheless, while some may agree that looks are subjective, the MX-5 RF looks absolutely stunning. Just look at it...

    Interior design, comfort

    The Mazda MX-5 has a cosy cabin with everything being at an arms length away. Its infotainment system, steering wheel gadgets are user-friendly and doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what they do. Also, its black leather is given a detailed edge courtesy of red stitching along its bucket seats and steering wheel.

    That drive though...

    As far as driving is concerned, well... I never wanted to stop planting my foot down. If you enjoy the sensation of shifting through gears along mountain passes or the countryside... the MX-5 RF is the perfect car for you.

    There is a basic and simple feel to the MX-5; It's relatively easy to drive, invigorating behind the wheel and makes every drive exciting... exactly what you'd expect from a roadster.

    Its precise handling, low center of gravity and balance makes for dynamic experience, provided you don't encounter poor roads. Its a car that you want to be in and won't feel laboured to drive whether its a quick run to the local shopping centre or weaving through traffic.

    And the drawbacks...

    If you're a tall fella, hopping inside the MX-5 will be awkward. The rear window visibility is also at a minimum and a glance over your blind spots might be a challenge with the seats head rests blocking your view. The boot space is without a doubt its single biggest negative; there's just enough space for a medium sized suit case.

    If you have a family these will be major drawbacks but being practical isn't what the MX-5 was built for.

    In a nutshell

    I never expected to struggle in summarizing the MX-5 but I'm afraid to say I did. I battled a bit because the car is brilliant, well-balanced, refined, soulful, infectious, spirited and a whole manner of positive adjectives...


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    We must tackle issues of the dayWe must tackle issues of the day With a mere three weeks to go before the Swapo congress, campaigning has reached fever pitch over the last few weeks as candidates for the leadership positions criss-cross the country to market themselves. While many have cautioned that the elective congress will be a messy affair, given the number of individuals nominated to vie for the top positions, including that of presidency, it really does augur well for democracy. This succession battle is not going to be decided behind closed doors, which clearly shows that the competitive nature of the battle is a healthy one at the end of the day. The onus is on the 700-odd delegates to pick a leader who they think will move the party forward for another five years. However, we fear that the current government focus has shifted to the succession battle at the expense of taking care of the day-to-day issue of our country. We should never allow campaigns to derail government business and key sectors of the economy. Yesterday the National Assembly opted not to hold any business because MPs, including ministers and their deputies, were due to appear at a campaign rally of one of the candidates. Campaigns are not necessarily a bad thing, but it is essential that political contestation is not allowed at the expense of service delivery and the abuse of public resources for self-gratification. Yes, it is normal within a democracy for heated words to be exchanged during the electioneering period. But given the potpourri of challenges facing the nation it is best that we allow for a battle of ideas instead of petty politicking which does not address the bread and butter problems of our country. Politicians particularly must be at the forefront of addressing the plight of those living under the breadline. These include the ever-present spectres of corruption, unemployment, poor healthcare and education. With severe challenges facing our economy, the time is ripe to engage one another by coming up with issue-based and action-oriented platforms.

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  • 11/01/17--15:00: SHOT OF THE DAY
  • SHOT OF THE DAYSHOT OF THE DAY EARTH'S FURY: Indonesian villagers watch an eruption of Mount Sinabung volcano in Karo, North Sumatra on 1 November. Sinabung roared back to life in 2010 for the first time in 400 years. After another period of inactivity it erupted once more in 2013, and has remained highly active since. PHOTO: NAMPA/AFP

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  • 11/01/17--15:00: Company Briefs
  • Company BriefsCompany Briefs MTN to defend 'opportunistic' US$4.2 bln suit

    MTN sees a US$4.2 billion claim by Turkcell in a South African court over a disputed Iranian mobile phone licence as "opportunistic" and "baseless", the company said on Tuesday after filing a defence plea.

    MTN obtained the licence in Iran in 2005 and maintains that Turkcell missed out because it would not comply with an Iranian rule that caps the shareholding in the licence at 49%.

    Iran is MTN's third largest market out of the 22 countries the company operates in. – Nampa/Reuters

    BP expects oil prices of US$50-US$55 next year

    BP is working on an assumption that oil prices will average US$50 to US$55 a barrel next year as global inventories gradually return to normal levels, CEO Brian Gilvary said.

    BP's operations will be able to generate profit next year at US$50 a barrel and perhaps US$45 a barrel, he added. In the longer term the company is working to reduce its breakeven level to US$35 a barrel, he said. – Nampa/Reuters

    Imperial could split logistics, auto businesses

    South Africa's Imperial Holdings could split its vehicle import division from its logistics business, but will not make a decision before July next year, its chief executive said.

    Imperial Logistics has operations in Africa and Europe while Imperial's Motus division imports auto brands such as Mitsubishi and Kia.

    "Preliminary work indicates that Imperial Logistics and Motus can achieve appropriate gearing and self-sustaining balance sheets by June 2018," CEO Mark Lamberti said. – Nampa/Reuters

    Kenya's Nakumatt files for administration

    Kenya's Nakumatt has filed for administration after a slew of petitions from creditors owed millions of US dollars by a company that started life more than 25 years ago as a small Rift Valley bed shop and became East Africa's biggest supermarket chain.

    A source close to the company said Nakumatt owed creditors including landlords and suppliers as much as 20 billion shillings (US$193 million).

    Over the past year its financial woes have led to empty shelves and store closures. – Nampa/Reuters

    Mastercard's profit up on consumer spending

    Mastercard Inc posted a quarterly profit that was higher than Wall Street's expectations, fuelled by increased consumer spending globally and maintaining market share over other payment channels.

    The total value of transactions processed worldwide, known as “gross dollar volume”, rose 11% to US$1.35 trillion.

    Net income rose to US$1.43 billion or US$1.34 per share in the quarter ended Sept 30, from US$1.18 billion or US$1.08 per share. – Nampa/Reuters

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    Churches join hands for road safetyChurches join hands for road safetyCampaign launched yesterday Namibian churches are collaborating with the relevant stakeholders to enhance road safety in a campaign that will run until 30 January next year. The Council of Churches of Namibia (CCN) and Windhoek Ecumenical Forum (WEF) are launching a joint road-safety campaign.

    The churches will collaborate with the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, the National Road Safety Council, the Private Sector Road Safety Forum and other role players for the campaign taking place under the theme 'Love Your Neighbour for Safer Roads'.

    Speaking at a media conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, WEF chairperson Reverend Lorentz Kuzatjike said road safety was a shared responsibility, hence the church's decision to actively participate in awareness campaigns.

    “The church is directly or indirectly involved when families go through trauma, physical injuries and death caused by road accidents by providing emotional, spiritual and physical support,” said Kuzatjike.

    The campaign started yesterday and ends on 30 January 2018. It will include 'prayer walks' at various junctions, crossroads and other high-risk areas.

    A prayer week will be held from 12 to 19 November in which different churches countrywide will engage in daily prayers for safer roads.

    On 19 November, World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims will be commemorated with prayer walks at various junctions and crossroads.

    The day is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year to remember the millions of people killed and injured on the roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected.

    On 10 December, which is also commemorated worldwide as Human Rights Day, all churches countrywide will be mobilised to participate in prayer walks.

    The effort comes after the MVA Fund call centre reported 3 399 motor vehicle accidents on national roads in which 625 people died from 1 January to 29 October this year.


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    Erongo divided over Geingob endorsementErongo divided over Geingob endorsement Swapo regional coordinator for Erongo, Daniel Muhuura has been criticised for saying the regional leadership endorsed Swapo acting president Hage Geingob as sole candidate for the position.

    Geingob will contest the party presidency alongside youth minister Jerry Ekandjo and former prime minister Nahas Angula at the elective Swapo congress slated for 23 to 26 November in the capital.

    The party district coordinators Risto Nambombola for Walvis Urban and Paulus Kauhondamwa for Walvis Bay rural district, joined by information and mobilisation officer for the Walvis Bay rural district, Hilka Erastus described Muhuura's action as unconstitutional.

    At a press conference held in Walvis Bay on Sunday, the trio alleged that Muhuura made the statement on Saturday at an ordinary regional executive committee meeting in Karibib.

    Nambombola said the party constitution allows for three candidates to contest the presidency position which was already done by the National Executive Committee, and therefore, such an endorsement is irrelevant.

    “In Swapo we do not take sides, the candidates are already there, I do not understand why he has to make an endorsement like that,” said Nambombola.

    Erastus noted that all three candidates should be given a fair chance to campaign and see who will win.

    “We are not against the president's nomination, but such endorsements are misleading,” said Erastus.

    Kauhondamwa added that they stood up against the statement because Muhuura said the whole regional leadership endorsed the sole candidacy.

    “We are not part of such an endorsement. That's why we are speaking out to say the candidates are already there and we support all of them.”

    Several efforts to get comment from Muhuura failed as he did not pick up his phone and was not at his office on Monday.


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    Exodus from diabetes associationExodus from diabetes association The coordinator of the Diabetes Association of Namibia (DAN), Dr Matthews Mojekwu, is concerned over the departure of prominent members and founders of the association.

    Three of the founding members, the governor of Oshana Clemens Kashuupulwa, the chief of the Uukwambi Traditional Authority, Herman Iipumbu who was also the chairperson, and the deputy minister of home affairs and immigration, Erastus Uutoni, have all resigned.

    Kashuupulwa, who resigned as the patron last year, told Namibian Sun that the association failed to achieve its expected goals. He also added that being a patron is not easy as it requires one to be with the association everywhere and all the time, mobilising people and raising funds.

    “The association attracted many members from many regions, but it failed to care for its members and this was its main objective. People, including medical practitioners, started leaving the organisation,” Kashuupulwa.

    However, according to his resignation letter dated 16 September last year, he said that he resigned due to his busy commitments with the region and he did not have time for the association anymore.

    “I feel that I have made significant contribution in leading the Diabetes Association of Namibia considering the level where it is today. Against this background, I am looking forward to be released as a patron of DAN as I am pre-occupied with an enormous work load at government level and therefore have limited time to continue serving as a patron of DAN,” read the letter.

    The deputy minister of fisheries and marine resources, Chief Samuel Ankama said that he is not a member of the association but added that he is a supporter of the association. He said there are individuals who do not want DAN to be supported.

    “There was a conflict of interest among the people who were working with Dr Mojekwu. Some of them never wanted the association to be supported. I am not a diabetic, but I support them because I understand their cause. Our people need to be made aware of what diabetes is all about and the association was doing well at that,” Ankama said.

    According to Mojekwu, a Nigerian born medical practitioner, the only success the association has achieved since its establishment in 2005 is the resignation of its founding members who have now left him alone in the association. According to the DAN constitution, it was founded by 13 members who, among others, are Kashuupulwa, Iipumbu, Uutoni, the deputy minister of fisheries and marine resources, Chief Samuel Ankama, Magdalena Ya Shalongo, Rosalia Niilenga, the late Phillemon Moongo and Maria Iyambo.

    Mojekwu said that all these members started leaving the association one by one without any reason. “When we started the association was getting support from corporate companies and individuals and we were raising money to assist those battling diabetes and also to raise awareness. That was until founding members started abandoning it,” Mojekwu said.

    He said that he is still an active member, but said the association need influential members so that it can be able to raise funds and attract people to join.

    Chief Iipumbu said that he was not the DAN chairperson, but he was only a member. He however could not provide his reason for leaving the association. Last week, Mojekwu delivered a public lecture at the Unam northern campus where he invited members of the public to join the association and assist those suffering from diabetes. He said that from 12 to 19 November is Diabetes Week and a number of activities are planned to take place.


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    Lower internet tariffs for schools: NghipondokaLower internet tariffs for schools: NghipondokaService providers urged Libraries need to introduce new services that will enable the general public to have access to information and training needed for education and employment. There is a great need for these institutions to ensure that the public has access to ICT in order to promote inclusivity and foster innovation. Ester Nghipondoka, Deputy minister of education, arts and culture Public and private internet providers should revise their internet charges for education institutions such as libraries.

    This was said by the deputy minister of education, arts and culture, Ester Nghipondoka, at opening of the one-day Library for Development Seminar in Windhoek on Tuesday.

    Nghipondoka explained that the ministry has reached a stage where the need to engage different stakeholders involved in the provision of internet connection is of paramount importance.

    “There is a great need for these institutions to ensure that the public has access to information and communication technology (ICT) in order to promote inclusivity and foster innovation,” she said.

    Nghipondoka urged all stakeholders to fully embrace the importance of ICT in libraries in order to tap from its vast potential for wealth and employment creation.

    She said there is a need for libraries to introduce new services that will enable the general public to have access to information and training needed for education and employment.

    The seminar is held by the ministry as part of the Libraries for Development Project which was introduced in Namibia in 2012 to promote a knowledge-based society and public use of information technology through public libraries.

    An initiative of the governments of Namibia, Finland and Tanzania, the project has thus far trained 7 550 library users.

    The training focused on basic computer skills, Microsoft and PowerPoint presentations, amongst other skills for community members.

    The project is further aimed at bridging the digital divide in society, with a special reference to women and most vulnerable groups.

    It is also aimed at increasing the capacity of the library personnel to teach ICT skills and information search to members of the community.

    - Nampa

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  • 11/01/17--15:00: Three rapes on Monday night
  • Three rapes on Monday nightThree rapes on Monday night A Rundu toddler drowned in pooled water from a blocked shower in the Ndama location at the town in the Kavango East Region on Monday evening.

    According to the police's crime report, the child was identified as Muleka Elina Penehafo Namupasita, a 14-month-old baby that was left to play alone in the house.

    The report states that the child's mother searched for her and eventually found the body in the water.

    In a separate incident, a 57-year-old woman was raped by a 27-year-old man in a riverbed in the Otjimbingwe district of the Erongo Region on Monday evening. The police say the suspect reportedly told the victim to accompany him to the police station where her son was reportedly detained.

    “The victim and her two granddaughters, aged 11 and 12, agreed to go the police station in the company of the suspect and while they were crossing the Swakop River the suspect allegedly held the victim at knife point and raped her.

    “The suspect was arrested and police investigations continue,” the report states.

    Meanwhile, in the //Karas Region a 32- year-old lady was raped by a male suspect at the Farm Barbie, in the Bethanien District.

    The suspect reportedly broke into the house using an unknown object to forcefully open the door of the room where the victim was sleeping.

    He reportedly demanded money and valuable items before raping her and fleeing the scene.

    The suspect is still at large and police investigations continue.

    In a separate incident a 25-year-old female was raped by a 28-year-old man that is said to have entered her room while she was asleep.

    The incident took place at the Goas location in Khorixas in the Kunene Region. The suspect was arrested and police investigations continue.


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    Church group helps Keetmans schoolgirlsChurch group helps Keetmans schoolgirls Women from a church in Keetmanshoop on Saturday gave around 90 local schoolgirls 'dignity care packages' that include sanitary pads, soap, deodorant and Vaseline.

    The Christian Women's Ministry of the Verenigende Gereformeerde Kerk (VGK) organised the occasion to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Faith Zwartz, a nurse from the Keetmanshoop State Hospital, also spoke to the girls about breast examinations and the importance of health-seeking behaviour.

    Saretta Mouton, who heads the local branch of the women's ministry under the church, said the women through the donation hoped to assist in upholding the dignity of children in the community.

    Mouton, a teacher by profession, said many underprivileged girls often skip school during the days of their period due to a lack of sanitary pads.

    “I firmly believe some girls also engage in relationships with older men because of the circumstances they find themselves in,” she said.

    The girls who received the packages were identified by school life skills teachers.

    The church also hosts a soup kitchen after every school day for about 300 learners from various schools in Keetmanshoop.

    VGK minister, Dawid Mouton, said this is made possible through donations from individual anonymous sponsors.

    “It is a faith issue and the duty of the church is to serve the community outside of Sunday church sessions,” he said.

    “Every day the soup is served with bread and contains meat and vegetables freely provided by the sponsors,” Mouton said, adding that the sponsors are not from their church but rather from the community.

    The church and the women's ministry plan to expand both initiatives to reach more vulnerable people, alongside other projects.


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  • 11/01/17--15:00: Livestock abortions worsen
  • Livestock abortions worsenLivestock abortions worsenCondition spreads to the eastern region While there is still no information on why cattle in the Khomas Region are spontaneously aborting, the condition has now been reported in Omaheke. The Namibian Agricultural Union (NAU) has issued an urgent notice to livestock producers requesting information regarding the high incidences of abortions in livestock in the central areas of Khomas as well as in the east of Namibia.

    The first abortions for the region were reported during July this year but the incidences now appear to have spread to other areas.

    According to the NAU, individual cases have also been reported in the Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions.

    Losses range from 40% to 85%, the union said.

    “As mentioned in previous correspondence to members, a questionnaire has been developed by the NAU with the technical assistance of various private veterinarians,” the Union also said.

    According to the NAU, information from producers whose livestock have experienced abortions in the past 12 months is crucial.

    The Directorate of Veterinary Services has also issued a notification with guidelines to producers on what to do if their livestock is aborting.

    According to the directorate, massive abortions in cattle sheep and goat have been reported since July in the Khomas Region, but isolated reports have also been reported from other regions.

    A committee comprised of the government and private sector has been appointed to lead the outbreak investigations and come up with measures aimed at preventing the spread of the outbreak and to get a better insight into the causes of the abortions.

    The NAU is facilitating the process to distribute questionnaires and to process the information received, it said.

    “We would therefore like to urgently ask any producers who have noticed abortions of livestock, and even game, horses, dogs etc., to complete the questionnaire and send it to the NAU office as soon as possible.”

    The union said the information derived from these questionnaires will be used to determine similarities between the situations of the affected producers. Any information will be dealt with in confidentiality.

    Farmers are urged to isolate the aborting animals from pregnant ones and remove all infected tissue immediately where an abortion has taken place. Livestock producers should also clean and disinfect the surrounding areas as soon as possible and contact the nearest veterinarian regarding treatment. The aborted foetus and placenta should be taken to the Central Veterinary Clinic in Windhoek or to the nearest veterinarian.


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    Mushroom farming to uplift livelihoodsMushroom farming to uplift livelihoodsOpportunity for income generation Unam is hosting a four-day course on mushroom cultivation to promote food security and human health. Women and the less fortunate will benefit through the learning technologies involved in mushroom farming, Professor Kenneth Matengu of the University of Namibia says.

    Speaking at the opening of a four-day course on mushroom cultivation to promote food security and human health, Matengu – the pro-vice chancellor for research, innovation and development at Unam - said mushrooms can be processed into high value export products.

    This presents opportunities for income generation, he said.

    “Children under five years old will benefit from the nutritious, high protein, vita-rich and micro nutrient-rich baby and infant food and other products which will be developed through the project,” Matengu said.

    The training, hosted by Unam’s Zero Emissions Research Initiative (ZERI), is offered by the university’s Multidisciplinary Research Centre. It will benefit entrepreneurs, youth, women and researchers of science and technology, as well as agricultural institutions within the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) network of eight countries.

    SANBio is a New Partnership for Africa’s Development agency flagship for collaborative research, development and innovation which will through the production and consumption of edible and medicinal mushrooms encourage women and youth to become entrepreneurs in agri-business.

    This will in turn empower communities to harness Africa’s biodiversity. - Nampa

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    Nama chiefs rapped over knucklesNama chiefs rapped over knuckles Debarred from genocide talks by Nama leaders, Ida Hoffmann, a long-standing activist for reparation claims from the German government, has instructed Conradie & Damaseb law firm to remind the traditional leaders that she is not acting under their mandate.

    Nama leaders Dawid Fredericks and Petrus Kooper, under the mantle of the Nama Traditional Leaders Association (NTLA), on 20 September wrote a letter to Hoffmann removing her as convener and chairperson of the Nama Genocide Technical Committee.

    They further said she was no longer recognised as a representative of any of the internal instruments, bodies or institutions of the genocide committee.

    Hoffmann claims that she has yet to receive reasons for this unexpected move. Attempts to get comment from either Fredericks or Kooper have been fruitless.

    Fredericks, who is currently in the Central State Hospital in Windhoek, said all Nama leaders would meet at some future date to discuss the matter.

    Kooper said the Nama chiefs would not discuss the matter in public.

    “We will only discuss this in a court of law since she is busy consulting her lawyers,” Kooper said.

    Dirk Conradie, on behalf of Hoffmann, wrote to the chiefs that their purported mandate over her had no impact on her work and achievements.

    Conradie further demanded that the Nama chiefs provide reasons for their decision to withdraw Hoffmann's mandate.

    He said the objective of the genocide lobby was in pursuit of justice, fairness and restoration, which was diametrically opposed to the unusual withdrawal of Hoffmann's mandate.

    Conradie said the chiefs had no right or authority to do so, adding that the NTLA could pursue its own rights to “whatever cause” deemed appropriate.

    “[The] participation in the [genocide] movement of as many as possible willing, knowledgeable and able persons will only benefit the movement in obtaining the objective thereof and [Hoffmann] can see no reason for your antagonism towards her and your ungratefulness for what [she] has sacrificed to date,” Conradie wrote to the chiefs on 30 October.

    He warned the chiefs to desist from slandering Hoffmann's good name with “reckless and unsubstantiated” public statements.

    “This does not create a good impression in the public and only portrays yourself and your association [NTLA] of ulterior and selfish motives,” Conradie wrote, adding that Hoffmann had the right to consider appropriate legal action.


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